“‘Seven days you shall celebrate a feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you shall be altogether joyful…
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.'” ~ Deuteronomy 16:15, 17 (NASB)
Although we don’t celebrate the feasts from the Old Testament, we can still glean wisdom from the instructions Moses gave to the people. Remember, the feasts are representative of Christ and the various ways His life and comings are fulfilling them.
(When Jesus came and died and conquered death for us, He became our sacrifice, and established a new covenant with His Church. We are no longer under Old Testament law, but it is still important. Our salvation is not based upon following the law and the sacrifices, but on acceptance of Jesus’ free gift. However, obedience to God’s commandments for our lives is one way we show Him we love Him, show the world we belong to Him, and bring Him glory.)
Anyway, back to the verses! All the blessings from the earth and from the works of our hands are from God. How often do we remember this? “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” ~ James 1:17 (KJV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. And Moses stated, “‘so that you shall be altogether joyful.'” Are we altogether joyful? God has blessed us abundantly because He loves us. Not necessarily with wealth, but with every good and perfect gift. Look around in your life. Whatever is good and perfect is from God! Because He loves you! Be altogether joyful! 🙂
Now look at what God has given you. And because you love Him, give some back to Him. As you are able. With a joyful heart. “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” ~ 2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV)